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Study: Arizona’s Medicaid Expansion Will Cost $1B

Arizona’s Medicaid expansion will cost the state’s taxpayers almost a billion dollars a year within a decade, according to a new study from Health Systems Innovation Network (HSI) and the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA).

Medicaid expansion is often touted as a “no brainer” for states, as the federal government promises to pay 100% of the costs through 2016 and 90% thereafter.  But, as the saying goes, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Medicaid expansion will cost Arizona taxpayers plenty, despite what they have been told by those supporting expansion of the program. Many people will drop private coverage to take advantage of the free public coverage.  The number of Medicaid enrollees will swell far above initial projections, and the cost to Arizona taxpayers will be higher than advertised:

·         The number of privately insured individuals could fall by 333,000 in 2014 alone. By 2023, there could be 450,000 fewer privately insured Arizonans than there would be without the Medicaid expansion.

·         The net number of Medicaid participants could increase by 1.07 million people in 2014 and by 1.65 million within the next 10 years.

·         The total cost to the state of covering these new Medicaid beneficiaries could reach $906 million annually within the next decade.

Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer has insisted upon expanding Arizona’s Medicaid program, but the actual costs to Arizona taxpayers have been masked. In addition to the extra $906 million in annual Medicaid costs, the Affordable Care Act will significantly impact the cost of private insurance in Arizona, with some premiums nearly doubling over the next decade.

GPEC targets international business executives

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) this week officially launched an international toolkit and forum series, called “Doing Business in Greater Phoenix, U.S.A,” with additional support from the City of Phoenix. The toolkit is designed to assist foreign companies with investment and expansion decisions in the United States and, specifically, the Greater Phoenix region.

From accessing capital to forming strategic partnerships with universities and purchasing land in Arizona – the toolkit is a compilation of how-to advice ranging from human resources issues, immigration law, investment parameters, taxes, import/export laws and banking.

“Phoenix is open for business,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. “In order for our economy to be globally competitive, we have to reach out internationally so we can attract the businesses and jobs that will propel Phoenix toward a stronger future. Making our city a place where it’s easier to do business makes it even more attractive to investment. It’s a win-win.”

The toolkit was officially launched last month in Shanghai, where GPEC joined representatives from Green Card Fund, Polsinelli and BDO for the first forum, held in conjunction with the International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference and Exhibition (SNEC).

“The response we received to our forum was incredible, with 75 attendees at the forum and nearly 1,000 online views to date – and we are just now starting to actively promote it,” GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome said. “In China, executives are hungry for this type of information so they can grow their businesses abroad. Fortunately for them, Greater Phoenix is primed for growth and is very hospitable in helping companies that are considering foreign-direct investments with their options in the City of Phoenix and the surrounding region.”

Arizona has taken giant strides over the past few years to keep business taxes low and improve available economic development programs. The City of Phoenix has a 24-hour business permitting program that allows businesses to apply for a permit and start construction on the same day.

“The response from businesspeople and government officials in China to the toolkit we presented was excellent. Helping executives understand the benefits that GPEC has to offer companies is a key component to positioning our region for future business opportunities,” said Melissa Ho, a shareholder of the national law firm Polsinelli. “Our international law team is excited to partner with GPEC and the City of Phoenix as we explore the possibilities in China.”

Since last month’s launch in Shanghai, the toolkit’s website has received nearly 1,000 hits without any additional promotion beyond the first forum. As such, the region’s international brand – of which the City of Phoenix is a central part – is receiving a significant boost from the toolkit. The media impact from the initial rollout in Shanghai was also substantial, with media impressions of 370 million from last month’s trip alone.

“By taking the initiative and launching the International Toolkit, GPEC, along with local business leaders and the City of Phoenix, have shown their steadfast commitment to providing foreign firms and individuals with the knowledge and resources needed to successfully invest and expand to the Greater Phoenix region,” said Kyle Walker, Managing Partner at Green Card Fund, which specializes in EB-5 visas and presented at the forum in Shanghai.

“I couldn’t be more excited about GPEC’s creativity in developing ways to attract new businesses to Arizona and am proud to contribute the strength of the BDO network to those efforts,” said Susan Wolak, Office Business Line Leader at BDO USA, which has 37 offices and 4,700 employees in China, and also assisted in the recent trip to Shanghai.

The toolkit is currently available in English, Mandarin and Spanish, and plans are underway for further translations. Both short and long versions of the toolkit are available at http://www.gpec.org/toolkit.

Light Rail Station On Washington, Phoenix, AZ

Businesses Helped During Light-Rail Expansion

As the Northwest light-rail expands into Glendale, local business owners try to work out the project’s kinks with city officials.

When talk first started of the expansion, many business owners were a bit skeptical of their success during the process. But after talking with each other and receiving much needed reassurance from the city of Phoenix, businesses can breathe a bit easier.

According to the City of Phoenix, these public transit improvements have allowed Phoenix natives to become more comfortable with public transportation. In the past year, there have been 37.4 million bus passenger boardings along with 7.8 million boardings on the light-rail.

So what does this mean for local businesses?

In preparation for the original 20-mile rail system, the city council approved $2 million to be provided for business assistance for those affected by the construction of the light-rail. According to the city of Phoenix, the program successfully joined existing city programs and resources to provide immediate support for the businesses.

“As with the original project, the construction of Metro Light Rail can be disruptive to the businesses, neighborhoods and community organizations along the line,” Sam Richard, business development director and member of the Encanto village planning committee says, “However, despite those challenges the city along with the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and Local First Arizona are working to connect business owners to resources during the construction phase.”

The main concern of the businesses is the access customers will be able to have. Ruth Anderson, manager at WineBurger, says that the businesses with only one access point are going to be the businesses that have the most trouble. But once construction is gone there will be a better overall business flow.

To assist the approximate 300 businesses along the Northwest expansion, Council staff is recommending $500,000 to be spent over the next four fiscal years for the project. The City of Phoenix says that a portion of that budget will be held as contingency funds to allow responses to issues during construction.

Although the rail system is in motion now, in June 2009, the Northwest expansion was delayed due to significantly reduced sales tax revenues. During their time off, Metro researched ways to get construction underway sooner and with a $200 million plan, the expansion was approved by city council on June 20, 2012.

Ana Berzan, owner of De La Ana European Delicatessen in Phoenix, says, “In the long run it will probably bring more traffic to the business. For right now, they just started working and they do provide access (to the business), but I’m not sure what is going to happen.”

The new line will add three stations ending at Dunlap Avenue, which is 3.2 miles longer off of the 19th/Montebello Avenue light-rail stop and is expected to open in the beginning of 2016.

Flexible Workplaces

CoAdvantage Launches Office in Phoenix

CoAdvantage, a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) servicing small and medium-sized businesses with human resource solutions nationwide, today announced its expansion to the Phoenix market.

The new office will provide businesses with integrated transformational HR solutions and services, along with cloud-based HR technology designed to help small and emerging businesses meet the complex challenges of being an employer.

“Phoenix is one of our nation’s fastest growing cities in terms of population,” said Mike Maseda, CoAdvantage President and CEO. “This rapid increase in population will help foster business development, and our on-the-ground HR team is ready to provide Phoenix businesses with the services needed, such as attracting top talent and improving employee engagement, to successfully expand.”

The office is directed by Charlie Fields, CoAdvantage’s Western Regional Sales Manager, who’s been with the company for almost a year and brings a decade of HR experience to Arizona. “Charlie’s extensive knowledge in Human Capital Management and developing new markets will be the fuel that will drive our new office to a great first year, in addition to providing local businesses with the best HR solutions in the area,” said Maseda.

The new office will be staffed with eight employees, including Business Consultants, Account Managers and other supporting staff.

“Each city we’ve expanded to has resulted in great success for our company,” said Mark Lowrey, CFO of CoAdvantage. “Because of our track record and extensive research and analysis of the booming Phoenix market, we’re extremely confident that our new office will be servicing local businesses with HR services for a long time.”


Grand Canyon University looks to expand

Administrators at Grand Canyon University say they’re seeking bids from Tempe, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek and Chandler for another campus.

The Arizona Republic reports that GCU also may build elsewhere in the southwest such as Las Vegas and Albuquerque, N.M.

Officials with the private Christian college say a growing number of students from the Mesa area attend GCU’s main campus in west Phoenix, but most find the commute too difficult.

The 63-year-old university went public with stock traded on Nasdaq in 2008 and has been expanding its campus since then.

A deal that would have allowed GCU to move into a vacant campus in Massachusetts earlier this year fell through because the land was too remote and underdeveloped.


Banner MD Anderson expanding

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center on the Banner Gateway campus will break ground in January 2013 on an expansion of its outpatient cancer facility, offering a new service and additional equipment and treatment areas to meet the needs of its rapidly growing patient population.

The 111,000-square-foot expansion will take place to the south of the existing 130,000-square-foot building and will add:

·  Three linear accelerators (two at opening and one vault for future use) for a future total of six, used for external beam and internal radiation treatments
· 30 additional clinic exam rooms for a total of 60 rooms
· 13 additional infusion bays for a total of 53
· Expansion of Laboratory Intake Center and Welcome Center
· The Cox Center for Integrative Oncology and Cancer Prevention, funded in large part by a grant from the James M. Cox Family Foundation
· Dedicated space for the Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy program
· Additional shell space for future expansion needs

“We’re proud to be living our vision of providing premier cancer services in the Valley,” said Todd Werner, CEO of Banner MD Anderson. “Our patients deserve nothing less than the best care and treatment options available.”

Banner MD Anderson will break ground on the $62.6 million expansion project on Jan. 22. The newly added area will open in spring 2014.

“We’re excited that we can expand our facilities and in turn, serve more people,” said Maggie Row, vice president of clinical operations for MD Anderson Cancer Network. “We look forward to enhancing our services in partnership with Banner Health and continuing to elevate the quality of care available in Arizona.”

Since opening in 2011, the cancer center has experienced rapid growth in outpatient volume. The center’s model of multi-disciplinary care, coupled with its relationship with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, has attracted more than 5,000 patients and resulted in 50,000 patient visits since opening. In addition, more than 50 subspecialty physicians are now providing cancer care to patients in need.

The new Cox Center for Integrative Oncology and Cancer Prevention will incorporate traditional cancer treatments with evidence-based integrative therapies, such as relaxation techniques to aid in pain and/or stress management. The center will include individualized prevention, screening and diagnosis programs, rehabilitation and community outreach programs, and will also be an invaluable community resource for cancer prevention education.

Project architects are HKS, Inc. and the general contractor is DPR Construction.


Scottsdale Healthcare plans NE Phoenix expansion

Scottsdale Healthcare announced today it is opening new primary care offices and actively pursuing locations for additional ambulatory services in Northeast Phoenix.

Expansion in Northeast Phoenix is part of the nonprofit health system’s effort to broaden services in partnership with community physicians and diversify beyond its three hospital campuses in Scottsdale. Still in planning stages, the expansion may include primary care and specialist physician offices, outpatient surgery, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, occupational health and wellness services.

Two new Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care physician offices are slated to open in January in Phoenix and Tempe, joining sister locations in Arcadia, Scottsdale and Grayhawk.

“Scottsdale Healthcare hospitals have served the Northeast Valley for 50 years, and placing needed services closer to where our patients live is part of how we want to transform the way care is provided over the next 50 years,” said Scottsdale Healthcare President and CEO Tom Sadvary.

Healthcare and insurance reform, and consumer demand, are placing more emphasis on outpatient care and wellness, including management of chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension, according to Sadvary.

“By collaborating with our physicians we can offer Northeast Phoenix residents more access to quality medical care and better coordination of care between patients, physicians and hospitals. Our intent is to create opportunities for better managing one’s health and contribute to reducing overall costs for medical care,” explained Sadvary.

Healthcare consumers want convenience, quality and value, added Scottsdale Healthcare Senior Vice President Gary Baker. “Our goal is providing multiple access points for care, promoting wellness and disease prevention, helping individuals proactively manage chronic disease, and providing the highest-quality care and service that patients expect from Scottsdale Healthcare,” said Baker.

Scottsdale Healthcare has been expanding its infrastructure to create a clinically integrated network of care through investments in information technology and connectivity with physician offices, disease management infrastructure, and alignment with leading private practice physicians.

The new practices will become members of the Scottsdale Health Partners network, a joint venture between Scottsdale Healthcare and the Scottsdale Physician Organization, that was successfully launched this year.

“Scottsdale Health Partners includes more than 450 independent physicians covering the Northeast Valley. Through this strong partnership, physicians are helping us co-develop how Scottsdale Healthcare will be successful in a value-based environment,” said Sadvary.

“The vision of Scottsdale Healthcare and SHP is to embrace a pluralistic model of physician alignment, supporting employed and private physicians in improving care for patients in our community. It is a partnership based on a shared culture of quality, a desire to improve coordination of care and patient access, and a mutual engagement in improving patient outcomes,” added Richard Silver, MD, chief medical officer and vice president, Physician Alignment for Scottsdale Healthcare.

Scottsdale Healthcare’s track record of success with strategic partnerships illustrates its commitment to collaborations that are focused on achieving the highest quality care and best patient experience, noted Sadvary.

“We believe that working collaboratively with our physicians is the best way to expand beyond acute care. Hospitals and health providers must change the way they do business to ensure a strong future in this era of health reform. It makes sense to bring our services closer to patients in the communities we serve and provide greater value for healthcare consumers,” said Sadvary.

“Our ambulatory services expansion will not only benefit consumers by bringing the right mix of services in the right locations, it allows Scottsdale Healthcare to explore additional partnerships with physicians to extend our high quality care in outpatient settings in addition to our Osborn, Shea and Thompson Peak hospital campuses,” added Baker.

Scottsdale Healthcare is the largest employer in Scottsdale, Arizona and the nonprofit parent organization of Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation. For more information, visit www.shc.org.

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Phoenix Mesa-Gateway Airport plans $1.4 Billion Expansion

Phoenix Mesa-Gateway Airport has big plans to cater to more travelers.

The Airport Authority’s Board of Directors announced Monday the airport will undergo a $1.4 billion expansion.

Officials say the project is set to be completed in four phases. The plan includes the construction of 60 airplane gates and 21,000 parking spaces.

They predict the airport will be able to accommodate 20 million passengers annually.

Nearly 957,000 passengers went through Mesa-Gateway last year, making it one of the fastest growing airports nationwide.

The Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration are also funding the project.

There is also an effort to privately raise $385 million to build two hotels and office and retail space.

For more information about Phoenix Mesa-Gateway Airport, visit Phoenix Mesa-Gateway Airport’s website at phxmesagateway.org